School of Ministers
Greetings! In 2009-2010, Southland launched the first year of School of Ministers, an eight-month journey of discipleship. It was a wonderful year with 24 incredible students! The following year introduced our first class of 2nd year students along with a new batch of year ones. God has continued to faithfully bring students to School of Ministers each year, and we have now seen 460 students graduate from year 1. We are excited to begin our ninth year of School of Ministers September 2018. Who will God call this time? We are excited for the work He will do!
The overall mission of the school is to “build incredibly strong foundations of faith in Jesus Christ through learning how to align one’s heart with His Will and allowing Him to revive us from within. This creates space to refine us to live holy lives, and propels us to intentionally reach out to advance His Kingdom in our community and beyond.”
In 2 Timothy 2:2 Paul tells his disciple, and partner-in-Christ, “and the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” What Paul is addressing in this verse is the process of “passing on” from experienced believers to young disciples who are eager and hungry for more. We believe that Jesus released us to start School of Ministers because we have staff and leaders in our midst who are ready to “entrust” what they have both learned and experienced. By no means is this a one-way exchange – “experts” dispensing their knowledge to “ignorant” students. NO! Instead, we believe that students within School of Ministers will greatly contribute to the overall work of Christ in this local body and beyond. In fact, 34 former students have found employment in part-time or full time ministry. We fully expect that our students will go beyond merely receiving – they will also be raised up by God to enhance the current ministry of the local and worldwide church. Exciting!
School of Ministers is designed to equip young disciples to not only minister within the walls of the church, but also in the marketplace, their neighborhoods, their families – really, wherever God may send them. The goal is to provide a strong foundation of “core stuff” which will be drawn upon no matter what happens with each person after they complete their year in SOM. Regularly students will be challenged with the truth that these foundations do not exist in our lives simply because we know them, but because we also act on them.
School of Ministers is not intended to cover what Bible colleges or seminaries offer. As you may already be sensing, and will discover from this application, our approach will be different – from the nature of the material covered, to the people doing the teaching/imparting, to the expectations placed on each student. Possible students must accept that while we have a core curriculum to offer, adjustments will be made as we are led by God’s Spirit, either for the entire group or for individuals.
Please note: School of Ministers, a ministry of Southland Church, is not an accredited school. While the learning done over the year is incredibly valuable, the courses taken are not always transferable to other post-secondary education.
- The school year will run from September 5, 2018 to April 26, 2019. The last class before Christmas will be Wednesday, December 19, 2018 and classes will resume on January 2, 2019.
- Students will be required to be at Southland Church on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There are 3 goals for this class time: 1) receiving, through teaching 2) receiving, through impartation 3) learning through practical experience. This school will be very hands-on! Students can expect a mix of the following on Wednesday and Fridays, which will contribute to the three goals just highlighted: worship, time in prayer, discussion time, ministering to one another, reception of vital knowledge which will provide each student with a solid foundation for all ministry that they currently do or will do in the future, etc.
Note 1: Wednesdays and Fridays equal a 19 hour time commitment per week.
Note 2: Wednesdays and Fridays will have ample time for your personal devotions. (You don’t have to get up at 5 a.m. to do them!)
- Students will be required to commit to approximately 2-4 hours of ministry per week within Southland Church. This ministry is above and beyond what is required on Wednesdays and Fridays, and may or may not be in the area that you’re currently serving in. Please note that the number of hours will depend greatly on a mutual assessment of what it is that God is asking of each individual student at this time in their life. Some may serve less than 2 hours/week, some more.
- Students will be required to commit to approximately 7-9 hours of additional time per week for completing assignments. Some weeks will be more, some weeks will be less.
- The total time commitment expected from students is about 30 hours per week. However, the student who truly wants to gain as much as possible from School of Ministers should be open to an even greater time commitment – especially those who may apply for Year 2. This said, we believe that School of Ministers provides students with the opportunity to work part-time. Please know that we believe that students should not, through laziness or a lack of discipline, become a financial burden to their parents or others. We believe that two of the greatest places to “work out” what you’re learning will be your home and your workplace.
- Almost every week for 2-4 hours, students an opportunity will be given to receive direct mentorship in 1 of 5 areas: 1) Relational and Intercessory Prayer 2) Worship Ministry 3) Deeper Biblical Study 4) Cell Leading with Excellence. Such mentorship will include teaching, coaching and opportunities to implement. Each student will have to choose one of these “tracks”.
- We are offering an optional third day (partial school day running 9:00am – 12:00pm) on Mondays. Content for this day will be building upon and expanding material covered on Wednesdays and Fridays. This additional commitment will have the same expectations of class attendance as other days of School of Ministers and will include a homework component. Former students as well as other congregation members may be participating in the Monday classes as well. Sign up for this opportunity will take place in August, approximately one month prior to the start of school. Cost for Mondays will be between $75 - $150, depending on books and materials needed.
There will be an optional post-graduation International Missions Trip that will take place in May or June. While there is much focus on reaching out to our community locally during the school year, this missions trip is designed to work in partnership with churches that we are in direct association with at Southland Church throughout the world. More information on locations and specific dates will be made in class during the fall. Cost for this trip is approximately $2700 per person and donations can be made by others on behalf of the student. Partial payment will be expected by early December with final payment made by March.
Cost for Students
Tuition will be $1600 if the application is handed in by the early deadline (April 21st, 2017). Applications received in May and June will increase the tuition cost to $1700, $1750 in July and $1800 in August. Payment in full is due on August 14, 2017. Tuition will cover the cost of required books, a retreat at the beginning of the school year, staff time, and the considerable administrative expenses incurred in running a school. Please note that we do not make money on School of Ministers.
Southland has two retreats that students are required to attend – Set Free and Empower. The cost for these retreats is $50 each and is due on August 14, 2017 (if they have not been taken yet, or taken over two years ago). The retreat costs are NOT included into the student fees as some students have already participated in the retreats.
Students should expect and budget for additional costs – a few tanks of gas for ministry adventures, etc. It would be wise to anticipate extra costs of close to $100.
Should a student choose to leave school before the end of the school year, a pro-rated reimbursement may be provided for the student. Costs for initial supplies, administrative fees and retreat will be deducted from the reimbursement from the onset.
- To be completed before or during School of Ministers: i) Set Free Retreat and ii) Empower Ministers Retreat. These will be completed at the earliest possible date.
- Students must commit to attend all Prayer Summits.
- Sign and adhere to a covenant regarding your walk with God and involvement in the school.
- You will have regular access to transportation – to get to the church or any other locations, as deemed necessary.
- Students who are attending School of Ministers from other churches in the area will be asked to participate in church services at Southland every other Saturday evening as well as attending their regular church services on Sunday. We are looking to give students maximum exposure to what is happening at Southland, while taking back the principles they have learned from both school and church to their home locations. A discussion about the details in regard to this will be made in the student interview.
- Students will not miss any school activities/class time, except when permission has been received from the leadership of the school.
You must be between the ages of 18 (graduated from high school) and 30.